Ó Meachair

Rev Patrick Woulfe

Ó MEACHAIR—I—O'Meagher, O Magher, O Maher, Meagher, Magher, Maher; 'descendant of Meachar' (hospitable); the name of a Tipperary family, of the same stock as the O'Carrolls of Ely-O'Carroll, who were lords of Ui Cairin, now the barony of Ikerrin, in the north of that county. O'Meachair resided at Druim Saileach, where now stands the castle of Moydrum, about five miles south of Roscrea. Shortly after the Anglo-Norman invasion, Ikerrin was added to Ormond, but O'Meachair was left in possession, as tributary, however, to the Earl of Ormond. The O'Meachairs have flourished exceedingly, and are now numerous and respectable, not only in their original territory at the foot of the Devil's Bit, but throughout the counties of Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow.

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